This Week at State: June 29, 2018

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This Week at State: June 29, 2018

Did you miss key foreign policy developments this week? Each week, DipNote recaps the latest U.S. Department of State highlights spanning a wide range of global issues, events, and initiatives in one blog post.

Here are the key moments from This Week at State:

Secretary Pompeo Meets with UN Secretary General Guterres, Speaks with Global Leaders

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo hosted United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres for a meeting at the Department of State on June 23.

On June 23, Secretary Pompeo also spoke separately by phone with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Secretary and Deputy Secretary Participate in World Gas Conference

On June 25 and 26, Secretary Pompeo and Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan participated in the World Gas Conference, held in Washington, D.C. 

Deputy Secretary Sullivan delivered remarks to the conference on June 25. Secretary Pompeo hosted a reception for the World Gas Conference at the Department of State on June 26.

Secretary Pompeo Discusses Global Issues with World Leaders

Secretary Pompeo met with Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip and Romanian Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall in separate meetings on June 25 at the State Department.

Secretary Pompeo held meetings with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide at the State Department on June 26.

On June 27, Secretary Pompeo spoke by phone with New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters.

On June 28, Secretary Pompeo met with the Ambassador of Israel to the United States Ron Dermer, Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources Khalid al-Falih, and the President-elect of Colombia, Ivan Duque Marquez, in separate meetings at the State Department. The Secretary also spoke by phone with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha of the Republic of Korea

On June 29, Secretary Pompeo met with Armenian President Armen Sarkissian at the State Department. The Secretary also spoke with Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov

Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to Europe and North Africa

Deputy Secretary Sullivan traveled to Netherlands, Denmark, Algeria, and Morocco, from June 25 to 29, to discuss a range of U.S. priorities, including joint efforts to maintain an enduring defeat of ISIS and promote cooperation on regional and global security challenges.

In The Hague, the Deputy Secretary gave remarks and led the U.S. delegation to a special session of the Conference of the States Parties of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to address the ongoing use of chemical weapons worldwide and to reinforce the global norm against such use.

In Denmark, the Deputy Secretary led the U.S. delegation to the Ukraine Reform Conference, where he also met separately with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström. In Copenhagen, Deputy Secretary Sullivan also met with Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen.

In Algeria, Deputy Secretary Sullivan met with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel, and participated in the fifth annual bilateral dialogue between the United States and Algeria on security and the fight against terrorism.

In Morocco, the Deputy Secretary met with senior Moroccan government officials, including Head of Government Saadeddine El Othmani and Foreign Minister Bourita.

State Department Releases Statements on Global Issues
On June 25, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert released statements on the recent Houthi missile launch directed at Riyadh, support for Canada and European Union sanctions regarding Burma, and violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region.

On June 26, Spokesperson Nauert released a statement calling for the release of political prisoners in Cuba.

On June 27, Spokesperson Nauert released statements on Holocaust crime legislation in Poland and Saudi Arabia's call for ceasefire extension in Afghanistan.

On June 28, Spokesperson Nauert released a statement on the invalidation of mayoral elections in Moldova.

U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance to the People of Venezuela

On June 26, in Brazil, Vice President Mike Pence announced nearly $10 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance for Venezuelans who have fled their country due to the man-made crisis there. The U.S. assistance will help provide emergency food assistance, safe drinking water, hygiene supplies, shelter, protection from violence and exploitation, and work and education opportunities, in coordination with other humanitarian organizations and government partners.

Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk led an interagency delegation to Rabat, Morocco for a political directors’ level meeting on June 26, with key members of the Defeat ISIS Coalition.

State Department Recognizes World Drug Day

On June 26, the State Department marked World Drug Day by joining the international community in raising awareness of the challenges posed by drugs and drug trafficking and highlighting programs to address the opioid crisis.

State Department Discusses Next Steps and Recent Protests in Iran

On June 26, a senior State Department official held a background call with journalists to discuss next steps with Iran, including efforts to garner international support.

In a statement on June 27, Secretary Pompeo commented on recent protests in Iran and condemned the Iranian government for its “futile tactics of suppression, imprisonment of protestors, and the denial of Iranians’ frustrations.”

Secretary Pompeo Testifies Before Senate on State Department Budget

Secretary Pompeo testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs on June 27, regarding the Department’s FY2019 Budget.

State Department Recognizes 50th Anniversary of the Non-Proliferation Treaty

On June 28, Secretary Pompeo delivered remarks at the NPT Depositary Conference on the 50th Anniversary of the Opening for Signature of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, at the Department of State. The Secretary also joined the Foreign Ministers of the United Kingdom and Russia in a joint statement.

Unveiling the 18th Annual Trafficking in Persons Report and Honoring 10 ‘TIP Heroes’

On June 28, Secretary Pompeo, joined by Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, unveiled the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report, assessing government efforts around the world to end human trafficking.

The Secretary and Mrs. Trump also honored ten TIP Report Heroes -- individuals from around the world who have devoted their lives to the fight against human trafficking.

Learn more about the 2018 TIP Report in this blog and the #TIPReportHeroes in this blog.

United States Issues Joint Statement on South Sudan Peace Talks

The United States joined the Governments of the United Kingdom and Norway to issue a joint statement on South Sudan peace talks on June 29.

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Editor’s Note: This entry is also published in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.